Valwyn Matthews is 90


Valwyn with four generations of her family.

Valwyn Matthews, a former President of U3A Sunshine Coast, celebrated her 90th birthday last month surrounded by former colleagues and friends.

My husband Graham and I first met Valwyn in 2004 and we immediately felt there was a touch to this woman who made people feel so welcome. She finds it very easy to talk to everyone, no matter what their age group, and has a wonderful ability to reach out to others. Her longevity can also be attributed to her great healthy lifestyle, following a vegetarian diet, her love of swimming and riding the waves, and she is a very colourful, funky lady. Valwyn is a great ambassador for U3A and its motto “learning for the joy of learning”.

Valwyn was the prime mover behind the U3A Conference “Discover Your Horizons” held at the University of the Sunshine Coast in September 2004 when she was President. Before retiring, Valwyn had a career in pathology.

Ivy On-Hing McLeod